Memorial project spreads Christmas cheer

MORE than 100 gifts were distributed to residents at Corumbene and patients at the New Norfolk District Hospital in the days before Christmas, thanks to those who donated to the annual gift-giving initiative of National Park residents Carol and Lex Wilson.

For the past few years, Mr and Mrs Wilson have collected gifts suitable for care packages for those at Corumbene and the local hospital. This is done in memory of Mrs Wilson’s late mother, Beryl Burns, who spent time at both places.

Lex Wilson delivering Christmas gifts to Marieanne Wright at the New Norfolk District Hospital.

Mrs Wilson said the care packages contained toiletries and other items which were collected from donors including local businesses with the aim of putting smiles on the faces of the residents at Corumbene Nursing Home and patients at the New Norfolk District Hospital.

“This year when we again asked for help, the response blew us away. Wherever we went to ask for a donation, we walked out with our arms full of products. At one place we needed a shopping trolley and at another collection point we left there feeling like we had won the lottery,” Mrs Wilson said.

“To all our sponsors and donors, we truly thank you. Lex and I wish all of you a healthy, safe, prosperous and merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year in 2024,” she said.

Main photo: Santa Claus at Corumbene with Carol Wilson, left, Stacey Reid of Norske Skog, Lex Wilson, Liz Hanuszewicz of Corumbene, and Elsa Morgan of Norske Skog.

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